If you are thinking of buying yourself a Syngonium, you definitely won’t regret it! Syngonium, also known as Arrowhead plant due to the shape of its leaves, will brighten up any corner of your home. You can find it in the most beautiful shades of green and pink, and most importantly… it’s so easy to care for!
When do you need to water your Syngonium? | watering
The watering routine for Syngonium is pretty easy. When the first few cm (couple of inches) has dried out it’s time to water your Syngonium. Water it all around the plant so that water reaches all parts of the root system.
Wait when the soil has partially dried out and then water it thoroughly.
What’s most important is that the pot your Syngonium is planted in has holes on the bottom. In this way, all the excess water can drain through those holes. Having your plant sit in soggy soil for long will eventually cause root problems.
If you notice that water goes through and out of the pot pretty quickly – repeat the watering process a couple of times, to be sure the soil actually retained some water.
Soil can eventually clump up – which means that it won’t absorb water. If this has happened, take a fork or some stick, and gently go through the soil to loosen it up.
Syngonium lighting requirements
Syngonium is not that picky with lighting, except for the two extremes – low light and direct sunlight.
Plants don’t like be in low light areas of our homes. Yes, there are plants that are low light tolerant and that will survive even in this conditions, but generally, keep in mind that plants need light to live and thrive.
Now let’s go over to the other extreme – direct sunlight. By direct sunlight I mean sunlight coming through the south facing window in those hours when it’s the hottest (approx. from 12pm to 3pm).
This kind of light can damage the leaves of your houseplants, including Syngonium, especially if plants are not used or adjusted to this kind of heat/light.
The best is to have a sheer white curtain on your south facing windows to prevent sunlight from damaging the leaves, or you can place your plant slightly away from the window.
Syngonium will enjoy bright indirect light and will live in medium light conditions as well.
Light coming through the east and west facing windows is optimal because it’s bright but not yet that harsh for the plants. You can place your Syngonium in front of a north facing window as well.
Remember – the more light it gets, the faster it will grow.
Fertilizing your Syngonium
When it comes to fertilizing, I keep things very simple. I fertilize it like I do it with almost all my other leafy houseplants – once a month with a diluted complete liquid fertilizer.
Fertilize it from spring to autumn (approx. from April to October), during the growing season.
Pruning and styling
Syngonium is a versatile plant that you can just let hang from a shelf, you can stake it and let it trail upward or you can keep it tight and bushy looking.
When you first buy it, it will most probably be a bushy looking plant, so don’t be surprised when after it grows a bit, it starts “falling” down. Syngonium is a vine, so naturally, if you don’t provide it with any kind of support, it will start vining.
To be honest, I bought it because I love how its vines look. Mine it’s still pretty bushy. Since I bought it, it doubled in size – it got even bushier. I love the look of it so much, but I can’t wait for it to start vining out.
Is Syngonium toxic? | Toxicity
Syngonium is one of the toxic houseplants, it’s best to keep it out of reach of children and pets. Fortunately, my cats are not attracted to its foliage (they usually love playing and chewing on some plants), but if you see that your pet would want to eat it, place it out of their reach.